Supervisors, Stop/Pause/Remove Agenda Item 13 from April 5, 2022 BOS Meeting. What Nationwide Recruitment?

By Michael G. Stogner

I’m asking you to Stop, Pause and Remove Item 13 from this Board of Supervisor meeting. You will recall I asked you to Stop, Pause and remove Item 12 from the January 25, 2022 Board of Supervisor meeting. That was the day James Brown President of the Wine Country Marines had announced the WCM would be distributing the more than $10,000,000 PPE to qualified Organizations. As you are fully aware San Mateo County Manager Mike Callagy has made several false statements to you and the public since January 13, 2022. Now San Mateo County Executive Mike Callagy has filed with the Government of SMC this statement: Following a nationwide recruitment.

Mike Nevin and Jim Hartnett come to mind whenever I hear about a Nationwide Recruitment. They were both found to be the best person for the job after a Nationwide Recruitment effort. What are the odds of that happening?

When did this Nationwide Recruitment take place?

What is the name of the Executive Recruitment Firm that was hired to vett the applicants? If something is vetted, it is checked carefully to make sure that it meets the requirements that government officials have established.

What was their Fee for this work?

What was the minimum experience and education requirements for this position.

How many applicants throughout the United States of America applied for this position?

What are the names of the TOP FIVE women or men who applied for SMC CIO/Director of Information Services?

“The Board is expected to approve the appointment at Tuesday’s meeting.” Why? Who put this on the Agenda? Mike Callagy did, that’s who.

I’m asking you to simply remove it from the Agenda for tomorrow. Mike Wentworth is already in that position and has been since May of 2021. So no harm in a delay.

The CIO/Director of ISD might just be the most Important Position in all of San Mateo County. Here is why: The department has 135 full-time positions and expects to spend $79.9 million in Fiscal Year 2021-22.

File #:22-237    Version: 1Name:
Type:MemoStatus:Agenda Ready
File created:3/30/2022Departments:COUNTY EXECUTIVE
On agenda:4/5/2022Final action:
Title:Recommendation to confirm Michael Wentworth as Chief Information Officer (CIO)/Director of Information Services.

Interim ISD Director Named to Fill Post Permanently

Long-time County employee to oversee information services, technology 

April 1, 2022

Photo of Michael Wentworth

Redwood City — Call him a “Mike of All Trades.” In his 26 years with the County of San Mateo, Mike Wentworth has worn many hats and filled many roles as he traversed departments and rose in the ranks.

After the April 5 Board of Supervisors meeting, add chief information officer (CIO)/director of the Information Services Department (ISD) to that list. Following a nationwide recruitment, County Executive Officer Mike Callagy has named Wentworth to permanently fill the position he’s held on an interim basis since May 2021. The Board is expected to approve the appointment at Tuesday’s meeting.

“I am honored by this opportunity to continue working with the dedicated staff of ISD, especially as we undertake important community services like public WiFi which improves equitable access, turning Middlefield Road into the smartest street in America, completely revamping the County website and overall strengthening the technology our employees and clients use,” Wentworth said.

As CIO, Wentworth will oversee a department charged with supporting all County departments’ technological needs. The department has 135 full-time positions and expects to spend $79.9 million in Fiscal Year 2021-22.

Wentworth joined the County in 1996 and his last 13 years have been as an executive manager. Wentworth has served as the deputy director of administrative services and airports in the Department of Public Works, director of administration and information services in the Human Services Agency, deputy chief information officer/assistance director of ISD and now interim CIO of ISD.

Wentworth caught the technology bug early in life, challenged by the required problem solving and fascinated at how it could make lives easier and speed up processes. He said the same holds true in government technology because supporting departments’ needs helps them achieve their public service goals for the entire community.

Wentworth said in his new role he’ll remain focused on five critical areas that served the County and community well during the COVID-19 pandemic and wildfire emergencies: improved cybersecurity, increased quality of the County’s network, improved Internet bandwidth, enhanced telework capabilities and improving the County’s website to strengthen public communication and access to digital services.

Callagy cited Wentworth’s varied work with the County, especially in leadership, budgeting and policy, and long-range plans for ISD as key to his selection.

“Mike brings his genuine commitment to public service along with a skill set that will only help ISD grow into even more of a cutting-edge department. The County of San Mateo has long valued innovation and transparency, and Mike is the person to see that through,” Callagy said.

The Board of Supervisors meets at 9 a.m. Tuesday, April 5, 2022. View the agenda and watch the meeting live here.

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